UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Journal: 
British Journal of Music Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Wai-Chung Ho
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
21
Issue No.: 
2
Page numbers of article: 
143-161
Year of publication: 
2004
Country of Research Data: 
Hong Kong
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
This article argues that changes of gendered attitudes towards IT among students may be related to recent educational reforms focusing on incorporating computers into the classroom. Data are drawn from an interview survey with 430 students attending 26 primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. The results reveal no significant differences between females and males in three aspects: (1) their belief in the effectiveness of using technological facilities; (2) their confidence in handling technology when learning about music and (3) their motivation towards learning about music with the help of information technology (IT). Primary boys and girls in this study reported obtaining a higher degree of motivation for learning about music with the help of IT than secondary students of both sexes. The potential implications of these findings for educational policy in Hong Kong are to find out how to motivate students' musical learning with the help of IT, and to make technology relevant to the content of the music programmes of primary and secondary schools. 
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